As you may have noticed by my posts being fewer and farther between than normal, I’ve been abnormally busy lately.  Many days I can barely squeeze my work out in, but I do something, a little bit here and there, through out the day whenever I get a minute between activities—and then I don’t have time to blog about it.  And this week my family is visiting and it’s going to be worse, so I am committing to the “Do Something” workout plan for now.  What’s the “Do Something” workout you ask?  Well it’s simply that you do whatever you can, whenever you can so that you will do something rather than nothing with your body, every day.  Oh, and I never skip doing at least 5 minutes of yoga first thing in the morning, so to me that doesn’t even count as my “workout”.  That’s just getting the body movement ready for the day.

Yesterday is a good example of the “Do Something” workout mentality—I only had time for a 15 minute workout between appointments, so I did my P-90X Ab Ripper DVD because it’s 15 minutes long.  Today I am actually sore in my abs a little bit and that feels great because I know I’m not hitting the gym or anything, but it’s nice to know that I’m still making progress with my body, even if I only had 15 minutes!  Today I plan on doing step ups onto the dining room chair and squats and lunges and calf raises while cooking meals for guests (before they arrive, but you know, I would totally do it in front of them, why not? I’m not ashamed of how important getting my workout is to me). A couple of days ago I managed to squeeze in a pretty good run at the park when I brought my dogs and nieces there (that’s called multi-tasking with the little ones).  Even if I don’t have a big track at some parks, sprinting is always a killer for the legs and cardio system if you really go all out. And what kids don’t like competing in a foot race? (They don’t even know that I’m doing it for my leg muscles rather than just for fun—ha!)  And, yes, the other night I was able to do a pretty thorough arm workout while the family watched a movie.  I just stood behind the couch and used my dumbells while everyone else was just lying around.  My grandmother used to always say “where there’s a will, there’s a way” and I have found this to be very true.  If I really want to do something, I can and will find a way, every time.

Another “Do Something” technique involves grabbing rest wherever you can so that you don’t get so stressed and tired that you can’t work out.  This is all about reminding yourself to take deep breaths and using visualization of a very beautiful and relaxing place to help keep you centered.  This is not easy and takes practice, but it works miracles. I know you’ve heard the yoga teacher say it a million times, but it is true that it is all about the breath.  The breath controls the stress response and calms you, even when you don’t think it will work, it does.

OK, gotta go do my step ups and squats while I prepare lunch now!  If you have some sneaky ways to get your exercise in when you’re super-busy, please comment below and share them!

 

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